Dare to wear red
Whether you’re into the bright crimsons, sexy scarlets or ruby-inspired hues, red lipstick is a staple in any make-up aficionado’s kit.
But you may be surprised to find that many women are holding back when it comes to trying out a bold pout. Research by beauty company Avon has found that many women feel too shy to wear the shade, even though 31 per cent of those polled said that wearing it in the workplace made them feel good, and many respondents described red lipstick as making them feel “sexy” and “confident”.
While not all women may feel comfortable wearing red lipstick, the truth is that most look great in the colour - and it certainly never goes out of fashion. In general, pink-tinged reds such as Revlon’s long-time bestseller Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow work best on darker colouring, while orange-based reds suit those with light eyes and hair. For instance, Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in 01 Le Rouge is a bright crimson, with the perfect amount of shine, which looks great on fairer complexions.
When it comes to finding the right red, sometimes it’s not just about the hue but also your own personal style. Emma Stone looks great in sheer, glossy reds, while Jessica Chastain suits more matte ruby shades – even though the two women have similar colouring.
But when in doubt, it’s hard to go wrong with a true Hollywood red. There’s a reason why M.A.C lipstick in Ruby Woo and Russian Red are long-time favourites. Bright cherry colours with a cooling hint of blue, these lipsticks look great on every skintone, and have been worn by celebrities as diverse as Sia, Rita Ora and Rihanna.
If you still feel too shy to wear red, why not try out the look with a tinted lip balm? Benefit’s Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, which gives lips a pretty, reddish stain is a safe and stylish place to start.